Charles Weller is a full-time faculty member for the World History & Asia Studies programs at Washington State University as well as visiting researcher (2014-16) at the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the E. Walsh School of Foreign Affairs at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KNU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, working in the Kazakh language. His life’s work includes over 20 years of focus upon Central Asia (in relation to Russia, the Middle East, the Islamic world, and the West), with eight total years of residence in Central Asia engaging in research, teaching, and translation. He has a number of publications in both English and Kazakh. His latest articles include: “Religious-Cultural Revivalism as Historiographical Debate: Contending Claims in the Post-Soviet Kazakh Context” (Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 25, No 2, May 2014: 138-177) and "Modern Reform and Independence Movements: Central Asian Muslims and Koreans in Comparative Historical Perspective, 1850-1940" (Journal of American - East Asian Relations, Vol 21, No 4, Dec 2014, 343-372). He also teaches courses on Western-Islamic Relations, Middle Eastern History, Islamic Civilization, and Central Asia. Before beginning his appointment at ACMCU, he was a visiting fellow at Yale University (2010-11) and an international research associate with KNU (2012-14).